OT and Urban Design

An article this morning in Acedeme Today discussed the work of Richard Jackson. Formerly of the CDC, Dr. Jackson’s current work focuses on urban design as a way to support health. The article states:

In recent months, Dr. Jackson has released another scholarly book, an edited collection on the topic, called Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Wealth, Well-Being, and Sustainability (Island Press), and he is also the host of a four-part miniseries called Designing Healthy Communities, which will air on public television starting this week. The series, which features a companion book, is clearly meant to sway public opinion.


The idea of urban desing has always interested me, although I know very little about the discipline. It would seem that this is a perfect intersection of design and OT. Who better to be involved in addressing issues of the designed environment to support healthy routines and lifestyles, social interaction, and accessibility than OT?

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One Response to OT and Urban Design

  1. munchkn says:

    This is a very good point. In a way, it’s similar to what I want to do, which is to be a consultant to technology designers and software engineers to make accessibly programs and gadgets. There is so much one can do with an OT mindset!

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